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India crash out of World Cup after top-order collapse


By Baidurjo Bhose

Manchester, Jul 10 (IANS): He came, he put on a show, but Ravindra Jadeja failed to conquer as India crashed out of the World Cup after losing to New Zealand by 18 runs in the semifinal at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Questions about India's over dependence on the top-order was time and again shot down by the team management over the past month, but it did finally haunt them on the big stage -- the semifinal of the World Cup.

On a wicket tailor-made for the bowlers, Jadeja did play a blinder (77 off 59 balls, 4x4. 6x4). But it was too late in the day as the top-order collapse came to haunt India at the end. Credit also goes to the Kiwis for making it to their second consecutive final after finishing runners-up in 2015.

Needing 52 off the last five overs, Jadeja looked to be guiding India home under the tutelage of former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but Trent Boult had the last laugh as he dismissed Jadeja in the 48th over to bring New Zealand right back into the game. Jadeja's 77-run knock was the highest in the history of World Cup for a batsman batting at number eight in the second innings, but it was just not enough to take India home.

The untimely run out of Dhoni (50 off 72 balls, 4x1, 6x1) in the 49th over was the final nail in the coffin. It was ironic that the man who is known as one of the best judges of run was run out while going for a double. Martin Guptill's direct hit was too good even for Dhoni.

Chasing 239, India were 92/6 and looking down the barrel before Jadeja joined Dhoni and raised hopes of a counter. In the end, their partnership of 116 runs was the highest in the history of World Cup for the seventh wicket.

But the start was a disaster for India as the in-form Rohit Sharma (1), skipper Virat Kohli (1), opener K.L. Rahul (1) and Dinesh Karthik (6) were done in by some beautiful bowling by Matt Henry and Trent Boult.

While Henry sent Rohit back with a beauty, Boult was slightly lucky to get Kohli leg-before to a ball which looked to be high to the naked eye. Kohli did call for a review, but it was umpire's call and a dejected skipper had to walk back withe scoreboard reading 5/2.

Rahul refused to learn from the mistakes of the senior batsmen as he kept the bat hanging outside as a Henry delivery took the edge and landed in the hands of wicketkeeper Tom Latham. Karthik too looked like a cat on a hot tin roof in his short stay in the middle, which came to an end when Jimmy Neesham picked a beauty at point to hand Henry his third wicket.

The top-order collapse saw India stranded at 24/4 when Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya joined hands to weave a 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket before a slog sweep off Mitchell Santner saw Pant (32 off 56 balls) walk back to the pavilion, much to the dismay of skipper Virat Kohli in the dressing room. The score read 71/5 when Dhoni walked in to join Pandya.

The scoring rate was slow, but the fact that Dhoni was guiding Pandya meant that India were in the game. The Kiwi bowlers kept bowling a tight line and that finally saw Pandya lose his cool and try a hoick over mid-wicket. But the ball went straight up and Kane Williamson took a brilliant catch.

But the wicket turned out to be a blessing in disguise for India as Jadeja seemed to be batting on a different track altogether as he hit the Kiwi bowlers all around the park. Going into the last 10 overs, India needed 90 runs and it was always a question of picking that one wicket for the Kiwi bowlers.

Earlier, resuming on 211/5, New Zealand finished on 239/8 in their 50 overs after rain interrupted play 46.1 overs into their innings on Tuesday. Jasprit Bumrah had spoken about wickets slowing down towards the business end of the tournament and it was evident during the first semifinal as the Indian bowlers made full use of the conditions after Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.

Ross Taylor was the only bright spot for New Zealand as he hit a 90-ball 74 before being run out, courtesy a direct hit from Jadeja in the 48th over. Jadeja then followed it up with a brilliant catch off the first ball of the next over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/43) as Tom Latham had to walk back for 10. On Tuesday, Williamson also played his part by hitting a 95-ball 67 as former cricketers criticised the slowness of the pitch for the crucial encounter.

Slower bouncers, cutters and the knuckle balls ruled the roost as the Indian bowlers showed why they are considered one of the best in world cricket at present. Even as the team management surprised many by deciding to drop the in-form Mohammad Shami, the trio of Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and all-rounder Hardik Pandya showed that they were up for the challenge.

Such was the struggle of the Kiwi openers that the first run in the innings came in the 3rd over, the 17th ball to be more precise. And as they say, morning did show the day as it was a struggle for the New Zealand batsmen right through. In fact, even the in-form Williamson looked a pale shadow of his ususal self as he looked to dig in and score some runs for his bowlers to defend.

While Nicholls did all the hardwork, he was dismissed in the 19th over by a beauty from Jadeja which turned just enough to beat the edge of the bat. The 51-ball 28 was just not the knock he would have wanted to play after digging in deep.

But it wasn't any easier for Ross Taylor either as he looked to have hit a rut. In fact, at one stage he wasn't even able to pick the singles. But the two did try their best to spend time in the middle to stretch the partnership and keep wickets in the bag.

Taylor was given a half-life on 22 as Dhoni failed to latch onto one that dropped almost in front of his gloves off Bumrah. A front leap instead of a sideways dive could have seen him pick that up. Williamson was finally dismissed against the run of play by Chahal as one seemed to grip just enough to have the skipper play it early. The literal lob was gobbled up by Jadeja behind point as Williamson walked back for a 95-ball 67 in the 36th over.

The move to have Jimmy Neesham come in as a pinch-hitter didn't work any wonders as he managed just 12 off 18 balls. Taylor continued his struggle and was also saved by DRS after the umpire gave him out on 56. While rain then cut short the innings on Tuesday, the Kiwis managed to score 28 runs off the remaining 23 balls for the loss of three wickets on Wednesday. In total, 84 runs came off the last 10 overs.

Brief Scores: New Zealand: 239/8 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 74, Ken Williamson 67; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/43); India: 221 all out in 49.3 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 77, M.S. Dhoni 49, Matt Henry 3/37)

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  • Niranjan Baba, Someshwara

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    People more upset due to have lost big money in betting Nothing else.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Per newsreports , only in Ghaziabad & NCR region punters lost, heavily, over 150 crore by betting on India; bookies minted.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Per newsreports , only in Ghaziabad & NCR region alone punters lost, heavily, over 150 crore by betting on India; bookies minted.

    Imagine, all over India, how much amount money might have been involved in betting??

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Let Newzealand win world cup first time,they are good players soft and cool.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Our batsmen were over confident and did not play sensibly with full responsibility. Utter collapse by first few overs and when it was too late and with limited overs remain the task was put on 7th & 8th men to save the match. If at all M.S. Dhoni had come down at 5th down we would surely saved the match. Ultimately we have to blame saying luck was not in our favour. Yes, right from beginning things were going against our team. So sad, millions of cricket fans are being disappointed.
    Good luck for next world cup.

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  • SHAUKATH ALi, DUBAI

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Still finding the reason why Shami is droped

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  • mohammed, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Keep finding and tell us also when you come to know.

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  • Af,,,, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Breaking News !!!! India entered into final, there are 8 disgruntled players of newzealand team supported Indian team yesturday night.

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  • Critic, mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Dhoni is the prime culprit. He is been criticised by cricket legends for his slow strike rate in entire matches. He recorded his strike rate below 50.

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  • Samad, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Dhoni cant be blame, If Rohit sharma Virat kohli, kl Rahul Dinesh kArtik Would have done atleast 10 runs each India team would be in Finals.Opening should be always perfect that is why they are called openers..Till now all played well but when was real need they all couldnt.

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  • observer, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Fair enough. But we can't expect every time Rohit and Kohli to make through and built the innings . Dhoni being a senior most under performed in all matches played in WC 2019. He has wasted too many balls in every matched looked like he forgot his natural game and he was also questioned for not went for victory against England resulting his other partner Jadhav was made scape goat.

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  • H.A.Sayed, Udupi- Muscat

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    I blame team management Dhoni should bat in no.5

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  • iqbal, jeddah/manglore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Dhoni dropped down just because of his dot ball play and consumes many over and difficult catch up required rate for other batsman.. this is nature of batting in this world cup 2019.

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  • Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    " Sau Sonarka Ek Loharka"

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Thank you Jadeja & Dhoni for for such a nail biting game. Thank you Rohit for your centuries. Thank you Kohli for your half centuries. Thank you Bumrah for taking wickets whenever team needed. Thank you, each of you in the fabulous team.
    Remember, our players are more devastated than we all combined, they wanted to win as much as we all did,
    Please stay respectful to the incredible matches our team played in this tournament.
    It sucks to lose but it is the true test of fandom.
    Many of the sarcastic critics here are unable to distinguish a ball from the bat and even spell/pronounce crickect correctly. Trample them and move on.

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  • Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    The same pitch except for the old ball new zealanders added quite a few runs to shoot up their Total, where as our Bozo's scored 5 runs losing 3 wickets. Bookies might have threatened them.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    The great blow was collapse of top order batsmen that too 5 for 3. Had they scored atleast 25 India would have won the match. Whats the use of restricting New Zealand to 239. Always semis and Finals should be played that day itself. this is the impact of semi final. Also dont keep World Cup Cricket Tournament during rainy season. We dont want to see distribution of points to each team. but we want to see and enjoy cricket game.

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  • Sukumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Yes, it rained only in Indian camp after the match. That;s why India lost other than Dhoni and and Jadeja all played good cricket for NewZealand.

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  • Shamsuddin, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Agla World Cup EVM se hoga...(as per high command)

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    MAULAA AKAL BAKSHE

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  • kiran, Manipal

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    its as per sharia law

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Quite unfortunate and because of poor performance by our top team members indeed.

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  • AD, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Does anyone know Dutee Chand won a 100m gold in World University games at Italy and created history

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Indian batting failed because of the first five batsman s. Six batsman are back in the pavilion, last ten overs with 90 runs to score is a tough 'asking rate of 9 runs per over'. If previous results are compared, Manchester's Old Trafford cricket ground has produced more negative results for Indian Cricket Teams...

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  • Ronald D'Souza, Mangalore/New Zealand

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    I for one am very happy with the Cricket results where New Zealand won for three reasons.
    1. It is going to be great for Cricket in our country with a major boost and youngsters taking to Rugby Union or League and strengthen the game here.
    2. Cricket lovers and players would understand what an unpredictable game Cricket is! A couple of quick prized wickets and/or a couple of healthy run partnerships can result is a win for any side. The world chuckled and looked on in amusement as India went over the top in celebrating a victory over Pakistan. It just happens that India lost to remind people once again that as a game Cricket is more fickle than others.
    3. Most importantly Modi does not distract the nation with things that do not feed the nation’s belly by winning the world cup. He should be focussed really on important matters like highest Unemployment in 45 years, a falling GDP and Industrial growth and rise of fundamentalism and Goodaraj in the country

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  • Kateel Pai, Vitla

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Players are Flat track bullies & BCCI is corrupt

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Why should the spouse of the cricketers accompany them while playing for the country? Do any other sportsperson's spouse accompany their playing spouse any time. Not only spouse even children real distraction from their real focus.
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  • Anticorrupt, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    This is karma for letting off the match with England to keep Pakistan out.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Tragic and extremely sad, that India a sure winner, just collapsed, on the way to the finals ! Pakistanis and anti Nationals, living on our soil, would be sadisticaly rejoicing !!!!!

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Other than the top order collapse, it’s Dhoni’s inability to hit big shots cost the game, which is happening from 2-3 years. Jadeja lost his wicket due to Dhoni slow innings at other end. He should have retired 2-3 years ago but our coach and captain backed him. Only one four in 72 balls until that last Six before he got out.

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  • Daniel, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    @lenson
    U cannot say he is incapable of hitting. Firstly its not an IPL stadium , its an World cup stadium way bigger . If he is unable what happen to our very much able top 3 batsmen?? They are over confident abt themselves thats why this situation. If they played their part then yesterday the game woulalld be India's for sure. Sadly they didnt do their part so the pressure was on MSD and we must appreciate his effort.
    If he played 6s and 4s by risking and by chance got out then it was fix lose. The game was dependant on him and jadeja.
    All fan did not give hope till dhoni got out cz he is one player we can count on in difficult times and he proves it every single time. If top 3 scored atleast 40 then he would easily finished it. Its not that his charm of hitting is gone its just that he was handling pressure smoothly he tried his level best. If he didnt get out i bet the match would go on till the last ball .
    He is the best captain and a down to earth player. Thats why he has blessings and under his leadership India has achieved alot. On the other hand our present captain is filled with hankar and attitude which is not right thats why he gets to eat shit like this. Be down to earth respect ur team mates then u see how things change.
    This was sheer overconfidence nothing else. Blame kohli first for this. He has the pride of being the best batsman in the world. What happen to that pride? I think these people were eating burgers and pizzas day before without any practice thinking they are the best .

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  • Eminef, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Modi won't get his World Cup and all the media coverage he would gained if the cup was brought to India. He will have to wait for another 4 years who knows what will happen by then.

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  • Salim Panja, Mangalore/Jubail

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Dhoni did very well. In cretic conditon also half century. Well done. Dhoni dhoni😎😎😎

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    India's top three were playing Kabaddi ...

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Dhoni best finisher in ipl for Chennai super kings huh. It's time.

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Stop pampering cricketers. Time to concentrate on other sports and games.

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  • Harish Hegde, Mangalore/Aramco

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Well and rightly said Sir Chetan, but they won't do it neither they will pay the other sports person. It is not just the officials but even our own public praise these extra paid thugs.
    Dutee Chand has won the gold medal and it is first time for our country, but no one praises her neither the public or the news people, they are just mourning on the lose of cricket. Do you know what? I am very Happy India crashed out of world cup.

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  • Rkr, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Overconfidence Kills!!

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  • Mangaluru, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Over confidence?

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Yes... It was!

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  • Nithin Poojary, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Forwarded....

    ನ್ಯೂಜಿಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ತಂಡದವರು ತಮ್ಮ ತಂಡವನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಭಾರತವನ್ನು ಸೇರಿದರೆ ನಾವು ಫೈನಲ್’ಗೆ ಹೋಗ್ತೀವಾ?

    Amit Shah & Modi we badly need you....fix the rate....decide which resort...who will send the aircraft Ambani or Adani.....quick we don’t have much time.....

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    All the fame and name gone to the head. Only in India, cricketers are given place of God. Our team plays well. They were sure world cup winners this time.. overconfidence maybe??

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  • Ripson Lobo, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Sure World Cup winners?? The other team had come just to participate and congratulate India??? They played well and won. Appreciate them. India had a bad day due to overcast conditions. They were favorites not sure World Cup winners. Every game is a new game and anybody can win.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ನೋಡೋಣ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ವಿಕೆಟ್ ಬೀಳ್ತಿದೆ...
    ಬೇರೆ ಚಾನಲ್ ನೋಡೋಣ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಸರಕಾರ ಬೀಳ್ತಿದೆ...
    ಹೊರಗಡೆ ಹೋಗೋಣ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಮಳೆ ಬೀಳ್ತಿದೆ...
    😂😂

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Good one... Mind blowing 😆😆😆😆😆

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    I saw this match New Zealanders played well
    Good tight fieldinds and bowling no much noise and screaming
    Decently played.
    Anyhow its badluck to Indians.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Dhoni..............
    Dhoni........................................
    Dhoni.......................................................
    ...................................................................................................
    Waited and Waited......................but the final blow never came from Dhoni's bat...................

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  • Mlorean, Mlore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Why blame Dhoni.?

    what Dhoni did yesterday was right., playing cautious...

    What happen to Ahankari Kholi ? he screwed big time

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  • M. B. Vijayan, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    What about Rohit, Rahul and Kholi who contributed one run each ? This is all overconfidence of few players and more headweight of Kholi who earns Crores just playing cricket.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    I am still wondering whom to Blame ...

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  • Rathod, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Blame it on 2014 onwards..

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  • Shaff, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Yes If won then surely it would have been 2014 on wards.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Blame the rain yesterday. We could have won if it dint rain yesterday.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Bakath started blaming pakistan.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    I could only comment that in this game India did not play well nor batted well right from the beginning of the game. I had great hopes that India would win and play in the finals. New Zealand played very well in all aspects in batting, bowling, and fielding. I wish New Zealand the best of luck as they play in the finals against ?????.

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